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Jennifer Baldwin

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Jenn Baldwin is currently in the Medical Scholars MD-PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is a graduate student in Cultural Anthropology. In 2002, she graduated with a degree in Biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. In 2006, she completed her Masters in Medical Anthropology and Masters of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. This spring she was inducted into Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honor Society. In 2005, she was also awarded a LEND Fellowship through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. During her fellowship, she completed research on the transition from adolescence to adulthood for young adults with cognitive disabilities. She also served as first author on Planning for Success, a computer-based program designed to help families plan and organize the medical, vocational, and social transition process for young adults with disabilities. Her other publications include work in the American Journal of Public Health on Early Head Start parents’ perspectives on educational success and recent school readiness initiatives, as well as somatization and depression in Rural Nepal in the anthropological journal, Ethos. Her graduate work assesses the formation of disabled subjectivities within the socio-political contexts generated by both local NGOs serving individuals with disabilities, as well as the proliferation of international biomedical policies and discourse on disability and disability rights.